The Best Brunch Spots In The New Farm Area Of Brisbane, Australia

Alex MacKay

Eggs Benedict, Turkish toast, banana pancakes: we’ve come to expect these from our favorite brunch spots around Brisbane, Australia. But in the New Farm precinct, culinary trailblazers are revolutionizing brunch. Here are the best places to enjoy this meal.


An ideal spot for late risers, Pablo serves breakfast and brunch right up until 2.30pm. But aside from its stretched out opening hours, Pablo stands out from the pack in another notable regard: its artful and eclectic brunch offerings. Popular options include the non-traditional gin-cured sea trout resting on toasted brioche with fresh and acidic fennel, cucumber and creme fraiche salad, and creamy dill scrambled eggs. There’s also brioche French toast with homemade burnt butter and pecan ice cream, spiced poached pear, cacao and coconut rubble, pure maple syrup and fairy floss. Another good pick is smashed peas with zucchini, lemon ricotta, grilled haloumi, double-smoked Barossa speck bacon, and fresh lemon over caraway served on onion rye toast. Private tables overlook the main New Farm pedestrian thoroughfare of Brunswick Street and there is hand-roasted Genovese coffee to wash down your carefully sourced and presented breakfast. Pablo is a Brisbane brunch experience to beat.

Double Shot Espresso

Despite its off-the-beaten-track location, New Farm locals swear by the pocket-sized Double Shot Espresso hiding among the Oxlade Drive apartment blocks. Service is consistently friendly to the point that some have called the breakfast experience ‘like visiting family’. It’s an analogy also rung true by the cafe’s dog-friendly attitude (a fresh bowl of water is kept out front for parched pooches). The breakfast menu is extensive; the signature dish is perhaps a flaky pastry tart filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and two choices of topping, tomato and bacon or smoked salmon. Other gastronomic treats are the fresh pastries and baked goods knocked up by co-owner Michael on-premise, the Croque Madame, frittata of the day with tomato bruschetta, Turkish toasties and bubble and squeak with poached eggs. Last but not least, there’s the breakfast brunch board – heirloom mushrooms, sliced ham, poached eggs, avocado, parsley oil, sourdough toast and feta. For those looking for a quick liquid brunch on the way to work, the Abrisca coffee and infused tea selections shall surely sate.

End of the Road Coffee

Right at the water’s edge and located at the old Brunswick Street bus terminal at the end of the line, End of the Road Coffee is a cozy and serene waypoint for runners and families post-New Farm Park excursion. The location is also apt for its proximity to the CityCycle station and the Brisbane River ferry terminal. Customers can accordingly sink back into the comfy couches inside or stand outside on the timber deck and watch the ferries drift past. End of the Road’s shakes are a local delicacy so make sure to sample the Fat Burner, Protein Shake or Breakfast Shake. Aside from those, the breakfast menu incorporates locally roasted coffee, chocolate croissants, lemon and lime tart and even bagels made with genuine imported New York flour. If the weekday bustle of the cafe turns you off, take away your brunch for a picnic underneath New Farm Park’s poinciana trees.

New Farm Deli Cafe

Since its glorious inception in 1977, New Farm Deli’s owners, Vince and Maria Anello, have faithfully retained their clear vision for fresh produce and quality service. Over time, the deli has expanded into a cafe (not to mention, expanding its list of ingredients and suppliers). Throughout it all, this Merthyr Village hotspot has sated the appetites of locals with some of the most inventive and delectable Italian meals in the city. Those passing through can stock up on gourmet products from the deli – among which are plentiful supplies of prosciutto parma, gorgonzola, Sicilian olives, pane and biscotti. But if you’ve got time to kill, the cafe will rustle up a decent brunch offering, such as the Polentone (eggs, mushroom, tomato and polenta, topped with Napoli sauce) and the large salads.

Au Cirque Cafe

If the weekend hangover has hit you hard, there are few better places to recover than Au Cirque. This is an understated yet undeniably impressive New Farm cafe serving Modern Australian cuisine with a French flair. The store’s worn polished floors and simple wooden tables won’t make your head spin and the gorgeous red and burgundy wallpaper will soothe the headache. If you can’t make it out of bed until the late afternoon, Au Cirque is another New Farm haven for all-day breakfasts. Communal tables are set up expressly for bonding over Genovese coffees, solitary newspaper reading or childhood regression with one of the many table games stacked in the alcove. The must-try dish is the Cirque Omelette, a no-frills classic that typifies the cafe’s comfort food ethos.

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